Oman’s Travel Regulation regarding Covid-19

Oman’s authorities have given an overview of Oman’s Travel Regulation regarding Covid-19 for future visitors entering the country via the airports. Fines are levied by the Oman government against airlines who fail to ensure these measures are carried out, so expect rigorous document inspections when you check-in.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman

Many requirements will also eventually apply if arriving by road or sea, especially insurance and reserved accommodation; road travel will need checking about specifically by you – as quarantine will be difficult to assure if travelling a long distance after the border. Always check with your own Foreign Ministry for their travel advice and with the airline you use for up-to-date information as it is very likely to change periodically. Critical is the entry visa if you are not an Omani – check Oman Visa detailed requirements

All arrivals who are non-resident must have health insurance that covers the cost of their Covid-19 care for a period of up to one month.

Oman Air Inflight
Oman Air Inflight

Passengers must have taken a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no more than 96 hours before passing through Oman’s entry procedure (allow for changes in the regulation as well as several hours in case of delays and to disembark the plane – so perhaps 72 hours is best -check with the airline as they may tighten this regulation for their own security). Passengers should submit an online form & complete the registration & preferably book PCR tests and complete payments in advance via the following link:
https://covid19.moh.gov.om/#/traveler-reg
you receive an OTP (One-Time Password) number on your choice of email or mobile phone.
The subsequent form requires your details, including passport type photo, mobile phone, address in Oman, full travel details and insurance details.

Oman Air Covid-19 Booking
Oman Air Covid-19 Booking

On arrival there is in effect duplication of all the above on-line procedures, most critical is that they must have an on-arrival PCR test.

The airline should give you a form when you are on-board or resister at a desk when in the airport. This will take your contact details and place of residence in Oman. You pay OMR25 (US$ 65) for a RT-PCR test and are then tested & have a tracing bracelet attached around your wrist, the number ID on the bracelet them must be entered onto a Tarassud Plus COVID monitoring (for health) app & HMushrif (tracking) app (downloaded from Apple/Google Play) prior to their arrival & available in English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali) .

There are three types of quarantine – seven days for non-positive, ten days for positive cases, and 14 days for any contacts. During quarantine people must wear the electronic wristband to monitor their whereabouts.  A fine for non-authorised removal of the bracelet is OMR300. Removal is at the airport or major hospital.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance

Following the quarantine period, a further PCR test is made and if negative the quarantine finishes and the person must register in a health institution.

Muscat International Airport
Muscat International Airport

A passenger (departing) will be allowed to carry one hand baggage including a laptop along with another from duty-free shop, to avoid congestion at security checkpoints

Physical distancing must be followed when in an airport & face maks worn at all times..

Omanis who wish to travel overseas must have health insurance that provides coverage for COVID-19.

The airport also has a drive-through test service (in the long-stay car park) at a charge of OMR19 + OMR5 if a stamped certificate is required (results available within 24hours)

Sources here & here & here also check here 

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4